LASER’s research portfolio focuses on community and school health, malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – in particular, soil transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma.
Generally affecting the very poor, these diseases are termed ‘neglected’ due to their lack of visibility and recognition. Yet they have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide.
LASER’s research portfolio can be divided into four main themes:
|Spatial Epidemiology of NTDs||Optimising surveillance and monitoring & evaluation|
|Understanding the context of control||Evaluating school-based interventions|
Key research projects include:
- The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections, an open access resource mapping the geographical distribution of NTDs transmitted by worms.
- The TUMIKIA project, a large-scale impact evaluation investigating deworming strategies in Kenya.
- The Learner Treatment Kit Project, an evaluation of school-based malaria diagnosis and treatment by teachers in Malawi.